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Free Concept Mapping Tools

This weekend we bring to you some tools for creating information and lessons that will greatly benefit your visual learners.  In the lounge we teach workshops on using digital visuals in education. Students learn how to create thematic webs, concept mapping, decision charts, and venn diagrams. We use a program called Inspiration from Many times in education it maybe hard to find funding for a school or teacher to buy such software. Below are some alternatives tools for creating concept maps other visual aids for teaching and research.

Webspiration – Developed by the people who created Inspiration. It is currently in beta. It is a web 2.0 technology and is a collaborative in nature of creating presentations and visual information.

MyWebspiration conept map

Visual Understanding Environment – Created at Tufts University

Operating systems: Windows (XP and Vista), Mac (OSX 10.4+) and LinuxVUE Concept Map Example

IHMC CmapTools – Created by the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. The Institute has also developed a Lite version of CmapTools. The lite version has some features missing such as search, compare, and record.
Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (Intel), and Solaris (Sparc)

Overview of IHMC CmapTools

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